Brendan Revisited

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Abstract

Although personal encounters with the supernatural are a reasonably common feature of fieldwork, such encounters seldom figure in the preparation for research, or the understanding of culture proposed in our written texts. The supernatural may, however, be indicative of certain processes to which fieldworkers might profitably be alert. Following is an account which suggests that the supernatural is both evidence and practice of covert culture, in instances where powerful syncretisms are underway.

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